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About Poverty Cycle

The Poverty Cycle is a nationwide movement, challenging Kiwis to get fit, have fun and make a difference, to help combat human trafficking and exploitation. Reclaim a trafficking route by creating your own challenge and going the distance! Move with us this June and fundraise to help break the cycle of poverty and injustice for some of the world’s most vulnerable people. Sign up now, find out more here!

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What will your challenge be?

Reclaim a well-worn trafficking route and move for freedom this June! These trafficking routes represent the paths victims of human trafficking are taken on through intermediary or transit countries, then forced into slavery and exploitation.  

For your challenge, choose one of these commonly used routes and cover the distance! Take part as an individual, or conquer the challenge as a team, with each participant owning a length of the route. You can run, walk or ride, you decide. Check out the route maps here and get moving!


Where does the money go?

The money raised through the Tearfund Poverty Cycle will help support international and local projects. 4.8 million people are victims of forced commercial sexual exploitation (approximately the population of New Zealand) 99% of whom are women and girls, you can make a difference!

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Can I sign up now?

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Of course you can! The challenge is almost here, so sign up today! Click the “Sign Up” button at the very top of this page to get started. We’d love for you to join our community as we #moveforfreedom from the 1—14 of June!

Is the Poverty Cycle safe?

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Fitness challenges can be tough, and you’ll need to plan carefully to make sure your challenge is within your limits. You’ll also need to remember to eat well, stay hydrated, and be aware of weather conditions if your challenge is outdoors. We also advise against pregnant women taking part in the challenge. If you have concerns or medical issues and wish to take up the Poverty Cycle challenge, please consult your medical professional.

Can I do this as a team?

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Of course! Grab your mates and do it together. It’s a fantastic way to share resources, support each other and make your hard-earned dollars do more.

Are there tools to help?

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Definitely! In the Stuff to Help section you can download posters to advertise, tools to help you fundraise and ways to tell people about your challenge. Also, when you sign up for the Poverty Cycle, you’ll start receiving emails filled with fun info, spot prizes and tips to help make this your best challenge. To get to the Stuff to Help page, hover over 'The Challenge' on the main menu, and click 'Stuff to help' on the drop-down title.

What sports can I choose from?

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We're keeping it simple and ask that you choose from running, walking, or riding. Riding can be on anything with wheels that you power yourself. Thing bikes, scooters, skateboards etc. The most important thing is to move with us this June! If you're unsure, flick your question to our team at hello@povertycycle.org.nz and we’ll send you some ideas.

Why is the Poverty Cycle no longer a road race?

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That’s right! Up until 2018, the Poverty Cycle was hosted as a road race in Clevedon, Auckland. We’ve watched it go from strength to strength over the past eight years. Because of this strong foundation, we’re now able to take Poverty Cycle nationwide so all New Zealanders can be involved in the move for freedom.

Do I have to base my challenge on a trafficking route?

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Focusing on a well-worn trafficking route as the basis for your challenge is recommended, however, it’s not compulsory. It’s up to you how you’d like to complete your challenge! You can choose the length of your challenge. 


When can I get my receipt?

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You’ll receive a downloadable Donation receipt immediately after your online donation is processed. To access your donation receipt, enter your details into the donor login section on the Poverty Cycle homepage.

Will I get an update about my donation's impact?

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Good things take time! Most of our projects are long-term and designed to empower and equip communities for development through the work of our partners. We may not be able to provide an update on your specific donation, but every contribution helps to ensure the success of these projects, and we are committed to showing you the impact of our work. At the end of the Poverty Cycle challenge, you will receive an update on what the total amount raised can achieve through our partners. Every dollar you donate makes such a difference – so thank you!

Where does the money go?

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The money you raise will enable Tearfund’s Modern Slavery cause partners overseas to prevent trafficking and exploitation, release people from exploitation, prosecute offenders and rehabilitate people into better lives. A small portion of the funds will also go to two New Zealand organisations working with vulnerable youth.

How do I know my money gets there?

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Tearfund regularly audits its projects and partners externally and in some cases by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. We not only audit that the money gets to the intended partner and project but we also audit how effective the money given is being used and how it is impacting the communities and individuals involved. If you would like further information or a copy of Tearfund’s audited financial accounts please contact enquiries@tearfund.org.nz.

Can I donate if I don't live in New Zealand?

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Yes, you can! Donations are processed online via credit or debit card. In New Zealand, donations $5 and over are tax-deductible. Tax rules apply for your specific country.

Can we donate as an organisation?

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Yes, you can! Click on ‘Donate’ in the menu and select "Donate as an organisation" at the start of step two.

How do I donate to a specific person/team?

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To find a specific donation page, type in the name of an individual or team into the search box.


I’m having trouble logging in. Please help.

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Have you checked your password? Got the correct email? If you’re still having problems, send us an email at hello@povertycycle.org.nz and we’ll check your account.

I don't live in New Zealand, can I still take part?

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Sure you can! The Poverty Cycle is no longer location dependant, that means that anyone can register and fundraise from wherever they are. Participation is only limited by your activity: Run, Walk, Ride... you decide! The money you raise as a participant will support Tearfund NZ and our modern slavery cause partners.

Does the window to participate in the challenge close, or can I do it later?

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We suggest you sign up as soon as possible so you’re able to take part during the challenge month, but if you’re not able to participate during June you can complete your challenge anytime. However, please note our leaderboard will refresh on July 1st, and fundraising needs to be completed by 31 June if you would like your tax return to count for this financial year. Donations processed after 1 April 2020 applies to the 2020/2021 financial year.

The Cause

What’s the focus of Tearfund’s Modern Slavery cause?

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Tearfund’s 'Modern Slavery' (Formely known as Protect) cause combats human trafficking and exploitation, working across the spectrum in prevention, prosecution and rehabilitation. We work through five partners in five nations – Thailand, Cambodia, Nepal, Fiji and Sri Lanka. In 2017, our Modern Slavery work impacted more than 7000 people caught in modern-day slavery across these five countries.

How many people are trapped in human trafficking and exploitation worldwide?

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An estimated 40.3 million people are trapped in slavery today. More than ever before in history. 24.9 million people are enslaved in forced labour exploitation. Of this, 4.8 million are victims of forced commercial sexual exploitation. 99% of these are women and girls. The estimated annual profit generated through human trafficking and slavery is $230 billion (NZD). Of that, commercial sexual exploitation generates $150 billion.

Does this only happen in one area of the world, or is it a global issue?

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Modern slavery occurs in every region of the world. It is most prevalent in Africa (7.6 per 1,000 people), followed by Asia and the Pacific (6.1 per 1,000) then Europe and Central Asia (3.9 per 1,000). Forced labour is highest in Asia and the Pacific, where four out of every 1,000 people are victims.

What do you mean by slavery? What do you mean by human trafficking? What’s the difference?

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The ILO describes slavery as situations of exploitation that a person cannot refuse or leave because of threats, violence, coercion, deception, and/or abuse of power. The UN defines human trafficking as the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. If a child is recruited with the intention of exploitation, this is automatically classed as trafficking regardless of whether coercion is used or not. In short, trafficking is the process by which someone becomes exploited, and slavery is the situation of exploitation they cannot refuse or leave.